Summary: I had a fairly high quality receiver but it was built before HDMI came along. I got tired of the complication of having to connect separate video and audio cables to my equipment. I use a projector to a large screen on the opposite wall with inputs from several different devices (cable, dvd, PC).
Summary: I wanted a cheaper a/v receiver without all bells and whistles. Two features I was looking for: very good sound and HDMI ports. For the bedroom, I only have two front speakers and subwoofer connected, but receiver can do back speakers as well.
Summary: Great unit. Easily lends itself to "growing" with the user. I've started off using the unit to plug in my Ipod via the usb port of the front of the receiver. Works fine. Easy to set-up the unit. Next, I'll be buying an LED TV and setting it up via HDMI interconnects. Then, connecting a sub-woofer.
Summary: Bought this for my sister and bro-in-law, they love it. Sounds great plus connectivity for every device known to man. Definitely requires the patience to read through the manual for set-up, these units are capable of WAY more than the old stereo receivers the 3 of us grew up with.